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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 23, 2007
Alright, let's get the first thing out of the way right here and now. This guide doesn't have a proper Pokedex. It's got a list of all the Pokemon you can catch in the game, but not a full blown Pokedex that'll show you all those really cool stats and moves list. By now it's come to be expected that guide companies will release a Pokedex later on, as Nintendo Power and Prima have plans to do so. I just wanted to get that out of the way. If you're buying the guide simply for a detailed Pokedex, you won't get it here, and you won't get it with the Prima Guide either.

Outside of that, however, the Nintendo Power guide to Pokemon Diamond and Pearl is one of the best ways for getting you adapted to the game. It's very well put together, and very detailed (sometimes too much for its own good). The guide begins like many of them, with all the basics there are. And this guide is full of them. From telling you about all the starter Pokemon to getting you adjusted to the new Wi-fi network, it's all here. Most gamers will know about most of the old stuff, like how to battle and the type chart that Nintendo Power has used forever, but if this is your first time through a new Pokemon Adventure and you want to know how to go about it right, this guide does provide some good tips. Pokemon experts who've been there for a while: these tips are natural to you by now. However, it does help to look into the guide and dwell into the Wi-Fi connection stuff that's located here. This stuff really is new, and at first it can be complicated.

The walkthrough, however, is almost perfect. Each section begins with a checklist of things to do. There are two checklists for each area. What to do when you're there for the first time and what to do on your return visit when you come back later on in the game. Each time you see an objective in the checklist, check the main text for the section which matches it. The reason this method works is because the guide also points out on the map where you need to be doing these things. You don't have to do every objective of course, but at least the guide waste no time in telling you about them. It makes the walkthrough simple to use. The guide also points out the location of all the items.

There are a couple of small problems I did have with the walkthrough, however. As usual, Nintendo Power does not give the best strategies and suggestions for fighting bosses or tougher adversaries. You know the roster of the Gym Leaders, Team Galatic Commanders and your Rival, but the strategies and suggestions they give you really aren't much to go jumping home about. This is pretty common in Nintendo Power guides as a whole, but in Pokemon it's not too big a problem because there are so many different set ups and strategies that there are times when no strategy and just a roster would've been just as helpful. When entering routes the guide hardly tells you what to expect from trainers. It doesn't even bother to say, "They mostly use water Pokemon." There are some moments when they do, but for the most part you're going through blind.

It's nice that once again they have individual Pokemon profiles for new Pokemon, at least. You can learn about a Pokemon before deciding to capture it. There are a few moments where the guide actually feels a bit overwhelming in its information. Luckily it's all organized and easy to flip through and find. Although there's a bit of page flipping when you can't remember what to do when it comes to revisiting a town.

After the walkthrough, which will get you through the adventure with ease, the guide will go into the Pokedex. Again, this is not a proper Pokedex. It merely shows you which Pokemon you can catch in the game and then shows you where you can catch them. That's it. No moves list or anything. In some ways it's fairly useless, but in others you can make due with it simply just to see which Pokemon you can catch.

Afterwards we get into all the appendices, and they feel never ending. Everything is there at least. All the items, moves, TMs, HMs, prizes from contests, abilities, battle moves. You name it it's here.

Essentially this is almost a perfect guide. It's not quite fantastic, but if you need something to get you through the main adventure, this guide will do a pretty good job at helping you get there. As far as the Pokedex goes, however, you'll just have to wait until Nintendo Power puts there's on the market.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It covers up to battles with Elite 4 and Champion. There is a lot more to explore and catch after that. One could say that the game becomes more interesting after beating the champion. Get a lot more information from online guides. Search for "pokemon diamond faq" using google.

For the part it covers, the guide is reasonably well organized and helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2012
this item was great, and would have recieved a perfect review, but it had a few minor damages. there was a little bit of water damage on the side, and a small indent on the cover, but it was fine in every other way. the book was very helpful, it includes countless pictures detailing where items are, and many helpful hints and other things that even I did not know, and I have almost memorized the wiki for pearl at this point. it includes information about which pokemon are a good idea to catch, and why they are good to catch as well. it includes in-depth descriptions of almost anything you could want to know, including the accessories for contests, a list of all of the items and where you can get them, a list of all of the pokemon and where you can get them, a list of the abilities and what they can do, and so on. it has a walkthrough section that you can go through to check for items you may ahve missed if you have already finished the game, and if you are struggling with what to do, it leads you through what to do very nicely. the only thing I couldn't find was the post-elite four game section in detail.

all in all, this produt was amazing except for the slight damages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2011
its does what it says its a pokedex & its awesome i bought it back in 07 i hope they make one for black & white i wonder if anybody has any details just let me know please i want another one
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on December 6, 2012
When I had originally bought Diamond and Pearl, I had fun with it for a day or so... then I got stuck. A lot of my friends got stuck on the exact same area because we weren't sure to go and my friends that weren't stuck tried every suggestion, but couldn't remember or didn't know what I had missed. I tried online walkthroughs and they all said, "this will happen next!" but didn't explain what to do for that to trigger even though I did all the previous steps beforehand. I bought this as a last attempt and it did the job! I wasn't stuck anymore after that and they have a lot of useful information for getting through the game.

My only complaint about it that other guides have that this doesn't is that they tell you what each trainer has (pokemon and level) and also this doesn't come with a full Pokedex, but I always reccomend bulbapedia or some other similar website for an accurate Pokedex for ALL Pokemon.

Definitely invest in this though if you want a detailed walk through!
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on April 1, 2013
I love pokemon. i got this book to help me get through it. diamond and pearl are the only two i havnt beat yet. so i bought it to help me out. i got it before the date that they scheduled it for which is awesome. the condition of the book was great. there was nothing wrong with it at all. no pages were missing, there where no mark in it from any pens or pencils or markers. no pages where bent. in the back there is a a part for a pokedex and it tells you the pokemon in order and where you can catch them. this book is great and in great condition. i recommend that you buy it if you need help.
<3 pokemon
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on March 12, 2014
A few things that are in the guide include pokemon that are available in each part of the game, items that are in each part of the game, a list of all the Pokemon in the games, gym leader pokemon and their levels, the elite four pokemon and their levels and the champion's pokemon and her levels. One thing I wish this had was a list of attacks each Pokemon could learn as they level up. If that's what you're looking for, this isn't for you. Otherwise, it seems to have everything else you need. I still kept mine. Came in new condition from Amazon too.
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I bought this for my son who absolutely loves it. Helpful walk through is very informative and the section dealing with the Pokemon themselves is quite fun. If you're stuck in Diamond or Pearl this guide will be a big help. Most, but not all of your questions will be answered in this guide.
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on March 31, 2009
Good basic guide but it didn't have all of the information on the pokemon that I wanted to know such as their stats and when they learn their moves. This was the first pokemon guide I bought that was made by nintendo itself. I think I'll stick with Prima or something from now on.
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on June 16, 2008
Well my review might not be fair, he received this and the game same day, so the book did not get read right away! Book turned out to be important, a good reference guide. I would buy again, just so I do not have to hear him whine, instead I can tell him to read the book.
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